We interrupt our regularly scheduled Thursday programming for… A COCKTAIL PARTY!
We’re mixing things up, because variety is the spice of life and friends make it so much sweeter. Instead of our usual Thursday night tasting, we’ve invited our pals from Quinciple to throw a little soiree from 7-9 pm, with a special wine cocktail constructed by Bit by a Fox. If you’re not yet familiar with Quinciple, this is a great way to get aquainted. It’s a brilliant twist on a CSA - they curate a box, once a week, with fresh ingredients from the best sources with inspired recipes to put it all together. You can subscribe online, and see the upcoming week’s haul, then pick it up at Dandelion on Thursday nights! We’re obsessed, and we’re not alone. The tower of boxes grows every week and it’s been really fun to compare recipe and wine pairing notes with our fellow Quinciple devotees!
NEW SPANISH REDS
Celler del Roure Setze Gallets, Valencia 2011: This funky red from Valencia hails from a revitalized 300+ year old vineyard. A blend of Garnacha, Monastrell, Merlot, and Mando, the red juicy fruit is balanced by spice and a distinctive earthiness. Playful, unique and really just a joy to drink. $15
Cesca Vicent, Priorat 2011: Francesca Vicent’s ancestors founded this Priorat vineyard in the 15th century, and she carries on the legacy today with a few improvements, like organic farming and detailed ground studies regarding which grapes grow best in each of the 11 different types of soil on her estate. The wine is dark and bold and serious… it’s almost better on it’s second day open. But the long breath of fresh air brings out its charm, and the higher alcohol (15.5%) will definitely warm you up! $19
CVNE Vina Real Crianza, Rioja 2009: This toasty Tempranillo Crianza, from a vineyard that just won Wine Spectator’s “wine of the year” for their Grand Reserva, is jam packed with black cherry and raspberry fruit, with cinnamon and nutmeg on the finish. Soft tannins and low acidity up the comfort level. Drink by the fire or the television. $18
NEW FRENCH WHITES
Clos de la Senaigerie Muscadet, 2012: Melon de Bourgogne from brothers Luc and Jerome, the 4th generation on their family estate, founded in 1864. Aged sur lie (on it’s yeasts), giving it complexity and texture, in addition to that classic sea-breezy minerality we love from Muscadet! Bring on the oysters, babes! $14
Domaine Raimbault Vouvray Sec Bel Air, 2011: Sustainable Chenin Blanc from 60 year old vines. Focused and bracing with notes of green apple and lemon pith. Great with simply prepared fish (think lemon, salt, pepper) or all on it’s own. $17
Vignoble des Gauletteries Jasnieres, 2010: This special Loire Valley Chenin Blanc is soft and aromatic- it brings to mind white flowers in bloom on an orchard in the spring. $18
Chateau Guillaume Cabrol Picpoul de Pinet, 2012: Admittedly, Picpoul is one of our favorite summer varietals… but that doesn’t mean it isn’t delicious all year round. Chateau Guillaume’s has “lip stinging” acidity as well as a soft, minerally finish. Delightful. $12
Jean Perrier et Fils Cuvee Gastronomie, 2012: Stony minerality prevails in this 100% Jacquere from Savoie… think river rocks and a touch of salinity. $12
"I’ve been drinkin’, I’ve been drinkin’…"
NEW SHERRY ALERT!
Orleans-Borbon Manzanilla Fina Straight from the Spanish Royal Family! Graced by active trade-winds and only made in the spring and fall when the flor is at it’s peak, this salty, tangy, yeasty Manzanilla is an incredible joy with both regal oceanic fare and common fish and chips alike. $13
The worst of the arctic blast has passed. Emerge from your dens and and join us tonight, 6-9 pm, for a tasting of 3 new reds with Annika from MFW. We’ll have bread from She Wolf and cheese from Eastern District.
P’tit Luchini Cabernet Franc, Loire 2012
Affectionately labeled “Vin de Soif”, translating loosely to “Wine for thirst”, this juicy Cab Franc from Anjou-Saumur section of the Loire Valley is certainly a thirst- quencher. Several different clones of organic grapes are carbonically macerated to produce and very fresh style, with the ripest red fruit and a tart finish that repeatedly draws you back for more. $22
Chateau La Grolet, Bordeaux 2011
Biodynamic Bordeaux for under $20!? Unheard of! The Huberts run the largest biodynamic, family-run farming operation in Bordeaux and they have had winemaking in their blood since 1895. They added Chateau La Grolet in the Cotes de Bourg in 1997. This left-bank blend is primarily Merlot, endowing it with an earthy plumminess, while some Cabernet and Malbec give the wine a firm tannic structure. Let this beauty breathe and it’s an ideal pairing with rustic pate, roast chicken, and winter vegetables. $17
Martian Ranch & Vineyard Parallax Mourvedre, Los Alamos 2011
Licorice, dried herbs, blackberries, blueberries, leather, all in perfect balance… this new-world Mourvedre has an incredible amount of character and a decidedly old-world feel. Nan Helgeland named her unusual vineyard after her two sons- “Martian” is a blend of Martin and Ian. Biodynamic farming and a tremendous attention to detail pays off for Nan- this is an exciting wine and we look forward to sharing it with you tonight! $27
It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day… it’s a NEW YEAR and we’re feeling good! Tonight, 6-9 pm, we’re cleaning house. Out with the old and in with the new! We’ll be tasting a selection of wines (chosen at whim) from the DISCO RACK and you know what that means… 25% off! We suggest you stop by for some cheese from Eastern District and bread from She Wolf, and pick up a couple bottles to prepare for the year (and the blizzard) ahead!
CHAMPAGNE, pt. 2
"I only drink Champagne on two ocassions: when I am in love and when I am not." -Coco Chanel
We’re here noon-11, talkin’ (and later, poppin’) bubbles!
LET THE FESTIVITIES BEGIN!